I saw an author on Twitter the other day very upset that she had received a three star review. My initial reaction was that three stars isn't all that bad of a rating. In fact, in my system, three is a pretty good rating
5 Stars ***** - Outstanding! I want to own a hardback copy of this book. I will read everything else the author has written and I will re read this book throughout the years. It will have a pride of place on my book shelves and I will tell everyone I meet about it. It touched my heart and stays with me long after I have finished it.
4 Stars **** - Great! I really enjoyed this story, the chracters, the place and/or the time. I will probably keep a copy of the book on my shelves. I will recommend it to friends if I know it is something they would enjoy. I will read a few other things an author has written because I might
3 Stars *** - Good! This is an enjoyable read, perhaps funny, perhaps intriguing. Maybe I didn't like a character, or the story dragged, or the prose was sloppy, or the plot had some holes in it. But I liked it enough to give it away to someone else. I might read other titles by this author.
2 Stars - ** Didn't Enjoy. - Probably finished but found it a struggle. Few things came to together and this book didn't touch me in any way. Probably won't read other titles by this author.
1 Star * - Hated! Probably didn't finish. Probably threw this across the room. Probably ranted about how this book got published. Probably threw this book into the recycle bin.
I am reading my 60th book of 2012 and having done a wee bit of uber scientific data analysis, I can honestly say it is way more difficult to gt a 1 or 2 out of me than a 5 or 4. Maybe I just know how to pick my books. Or maybe there are just more good books than bad books out there. Or maybe I'm an old softie. Whatever, my analysis shows a nearly perfect statistically accurate bell curve.
Please do not be offended if you get three stars. And if you get 1 star you might want to consider that just because I didn't like it someone else probably will.
NB: I use Goodreads to keep track of everything I read. If you're not already my friend on Goodread, please be my friend!